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Ecosystem Restoration Design

As we consider the state of the world’s ecosystems today, we are encouraged and motivated to continue working towards their regeneration, knowing that you and others are taking part in this great work of our time.

Type: e-Learning
Start Date:
20 September 2021
Study Time: 7 hours/ week
Facilitation:
Yes
Certificate:
Yes


Certified by:
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In Partnership with:
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It is our pleasure to introduce you to some key ecosystem restoration concepts and approaches, learning from some of the most prominent actors and projects around the world.

We hope they give you the encouragement and valuable knowledge that you need to develop your own restoration plans, helping you to become an ecosystem restoration practitioner.

Increase your awareness, knowledge and skills in ecosystem restoration as a practice and feel empowered to create a basic restoration plan for an ecosystem close to your heart and home.

Our vision for this course is to help create a new tribe of ecosystem restoration practitioners and a catalogue of restoration plans to restore patches of land all over the world.


Type: eLearning
Start Date:
20 September 2021
Study Time: 7 hours/ week
Facilitation:
Yes
Certificate:
Yes


Certified by:
GE2021_BRAND_LOGOMARK_partner


In Partnership with:
ERC_Logo_White_transp


As we consider the state of the world’s ecosystems today, we are encouraged and motivated to continue working towards their regeneration, knowing that you and others are taking part in this great work of our time.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to some key ecosystem restoration concepts and approaches, learning from some of the most prominent actors and projects around the world.

We hope they give you the encouragement and valuable knowledge that you need to develop your own restoration plans, helping you to become an ecosystem restoration practitioner.

Increase your awareness, knowledge and skills in ecosystem restoration as a practice and feel empowered to create a basic restoration plan for an ecosystem close to your heart and home.

Our vision for this course is to help create a new tribe of ecosystem restoration practitioners and a catalogue of restoration plans to restore patches of land all over the world.


Registration Options

JOIN THE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION LEARNING COMMUNITY!

When registering you can choose the number of modules you wish to complete. The modules are sequential, first module starting on the 20th September 2021. You can register for all the 5 modules of the programme or just for the modules you wish to complete.

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Course Objectives

  • List several causes of degradation (social, political, economic, ecological) to various ecosystems in multiple biomes around the world
  • Describe specifically how these causes of degradation arise
  • Explain techniques for restoring different ecosystems in different biomes
  • Analyse why the restoration of ecosystems is not happening at the speed and scale needed, relative to their context
  • Evaluate ideas for how to overcome these barriers
  • Develop a basic restoration plan to restore an ecosystem close to your heart/home.

Methodology

This learning experience is a blend of online content provided by international experts in the field, additional reading & video resources, online facilitation, and in-person practice where participants apply learnings into a project of their choosing, either individually or collaboratively, with support of the course facilitator, partners, and peers. Commitment of 5 – 10 hours per week of self-directed learning and engagement is recommended.

There are five modules, with each module lasting one month, made up of four lessons, each lasting one week. That’s a total of 16 weeks for modules 1-4.

Each lesson includes 4 presentations from a prominent practitioner in the field. They discuss the causes of degradation (socio-economic-political), techniques for restoration, the challenges/barriers to restoration, and solutions to overcome them.



Learning Time

The learning time is estimated to be about 5 – 10 hours per week. This includes study time (about three hours/week) and participation in collaborative activities (about two hours/week). Time dedicated to assessment activities is not taken into account in this estimation. The course lasts for 8 months.

Assessment Activities
The assessment activities are organised as follows:

  • Shared reflections and conversations in the forum
  • Overall assessment for the course is the final project

Modules

Module 1 - Restoring Natural Zones


Week 1: 4 October 2021
Week 2: 11 October 2021
Week 3: 18 October 2021
Week 4: 25 October 2021

The first module of this course focuses on the restoration of natural ecosystems, meaning, ecosystems that are predominantly reserved for more than human life.

Over the month, you will learn about the causes of degradation (social, political, economic, ecological) to different natural ecosystems (ecosystems that are predominantly for non-human use) around the world. You will then be able to describe specifically how these causes of degradation arise.

You will be able to explain techniques used for restoring natural ecosystems such as temperate forests, tropical forests, deserts and oceans, by learning from practitioners that have been involved in the restoration of these ecosystems. specific case studies. You will also be able to analyse why the restoration of these ecosystems are not happening at the speed and scale needed. In addition, you will be able to evaluate ideas for how to overcome these barriers and start gathering information on how to create your own basic restoration plan.

The four teachers for this module are Alan Watson Featherstone from Trees for Life, who will be teaching you about his work of restoring the ancient Caledonian Forest in Scotland. John Button will teach you about his work to restore a tropical rainforest in India. Neal Spackman will walk you through how to restore deserts, with an example from Saudi Arabia, and Celia Gregory will share her work on restoring coral reefs. Each teacher teaches one lesson, with one lesson per week for the month.

Module 2 - Restoring Agricultural Zones


Week 5: 15 November 2021
Week 6: 22 November 2021
Week 7: 29 November 2021
Week 8: 6 December 2021

Module two focuses on the restoration of agricultural ecosystems. After taking this module, you will be able to explain the techniques used in four different agricultural ecosystem restoration projects and methods from around the world.

You will be able to list several causes of land degradation (social, political, economic, ecological reasons), experienced by practitioners who have worked on these projects and with these methods. You will learn about the techniques they used to restore these agri-ecosystems, such as agroforestry, holistic grazing, regenerative ocean agriculture and permaculture.

After taking this module you will be able to explain the basics of these techniques for restoring land, discussing specific case studies. You will be able to compare the differences between agroforestry and other techniques used.

You will be able to analyse why restoration of agricultural land is not happening at the speed and scale needed, and what can be done to overcome these barriers.

You should then be able to take these learnings and apply them to your own restoration design.

The four teachers in this module are Patrick Worms from the World Agroforestry Centre, who will be teaching you about how agroforestry can be used to restore degraded landscapes and economies around the world. Rhamis Kent from the Permaculture Research Institute, will be sharing his story about how permaculture is being used to revive arid landscapes in Jordan. Precious Phiri from the Savoury Institute will be teaching you about how to restore landscapes using holistic grazing, and Joost Wouters from the Seaweed Company will be teaching you about powers of regenerative ocean agriculture. Each teacher teaches one lesson, with one lesson per week for the month.

Module 3 - Restoring Urban Ecosystems


Week 9: 10 January 2022
Week 10: 17 January 2022
Week 11: 24 January 2022
Week 12: 31 January 2022

Module three focuses on restoring landscapes within urban environments. After this module you will be able to list the reasons why urbanisation is problematic for landscape health, and some of the reasons why urban ecosystems are degraded. You will learn directly from restoration designers who have restored urban landscapes themselves, using a range of techniques.

After taking this module you will be able to explain the basics of these techniques for restoring ecosystems in urban areas, discussing specific case studies.

You will be able to analyse why restoration of urban land is not happening at the speed and scale needed, and what can be done to overcome these barriers.

You should then be able to take these learnings and apply them to your own restoration design.

The four teachers in this module are Lisa Shaw from Biomatrix Water, who will be teaching you about how to restore urban waterways with floating gardens and wildlife habitats. She is then followed by Daan Bleichrocht from IVN, who you are also familiar with from the completed mini course. Rishi Kumar who is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya Institute will then take you through how to transform suburban gardens into thriving edible ecosystems. And lastly, Daniel Valdiviezo from Navi Village will teach you about how to build homes that regenerate the land around them, using resources in a circular way.

Each teacher teaches one lesson, with one lesson per week for the month.

Module 4 - Business Models


Week 13: 21 February 2022
Week 14: 28 February 2022
Week 15: 07 March 2022
Week 16: 14 March 2022

Module four focuses on business models that financially support and sustain the restoration of ecosystems. In this module, you will learn about why regenerative business models are needed, how they work, how to create a business model canvas, and learn directly from several regenerative businesses. From these businesses you will learn what they do, how their business models work, what has been challenging for them when running their business, and how their businesses have been trying to overcome these challenges.

After taking this module you should be able to explain why our current mode of business is unsustainable, what the four returns approach means, what a business model canvas is and how to create an example of your own. You should be able to create some income generating ideas for your own ecosystem restoration project that you will conduct as part of module 5

The teachers for this module are Simon Moolenaar from Commonland, who will teach you about Commonland’s four returns framework, Thomas Daneill from Old Tree, a fermented drinks business that creates diverse botanical ecosystems and sources his ingredients from them, Wil Crombie from Tree Range Chicken, a chicken company that creates agri forests to return chickens to the woods, and Ashleigh Brown from Ecosystem Restoration Camps, who will teach you about the income models the camps movement uses. Each teacher teaches one lesson, with one lesson per week for the month.

Module 5 - Practical Project


Week 17-22: 4 April 2022

In this practical section, you will choose an ecosystem that is close to your heart and your home. Somewhere you really care about, that is damaged, and that you would like to restore. The task in module 5 is to create a basic restoration plan for this ecosystem, that includes a design, a budget, and a plan for how the work is going to be funded.

Full of new inspiration and information from modules 1-4, you will feel empowered to create a basic restoration design for your chosen ecosystem. This practical coursework should include a list of reasons as to why this ecosystem is degraded, taking the socio-economic, political, and ecological aspects into consideration. Tell us what that degradation looks like, then a list of techniques for how to improve ecosystem function at this site, and some income generating ideas to make the project happen.

You can also team up with fellow course participants in the same region or wishing to work on the same ecosystem as you, and do the coursework together.

You have a total of 2 months to complete module 5.

Presenters

John Liu

Alan Watson
Featherstone

John Button

Neal Spackman

Celia Gregory

Patrick Worms

Rhamis Kent

Joost Wouters

Lisa Shaw

Daan Bleichrodt

Rishi Kumar

Daniel Valdiviezo

Simon Moolenaar

Thomas Daniel

Will Crombie

Oliver Goshey

Ashleigh Brown

Precious Phiri